This post contains affiliate links. As far as goals, I completely tanked on 2020 goals.  Thankfully, 2021 goals were much more successful!  Today, the last day of 2021, I want to close out my yearly goals.  This is my goals for 2021 end of year recap.

My Goals for 2021
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Concrete Goals

Read 26 Books

This goal is 135% accomplished.  I read 35 books this year.  (I also shared my favorite 8 books I read this year, if you’re interested.):

The Last Jew of Treblinka

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Red Pony

Where the Forest Meets the Stars 

The Orphan’s Tale 

The Warsaw Orphan

Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China

The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China

Who Gets in and Why 

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

On the Horizon

The Dry 

Rust & Stardust


The Sound the Sun Makes 

The Four Winds

Isobel Kuhn

The Giver of Stars


Right Cross

Betty Greene: Wings to Serve

When Breath Becomes Air

Under the Tulip Tree

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

The Institute

The Rosie Project

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

A Higher Call,

Elisabeth Elliott: Joyful Surrender,

Forty Autumns,

Blood & Silver,

When We Meet Again,

Charles Mulli,

The Book of Lost Friends,

Complete Half of The Bible in a Year Program

This goal is 100% accomplished.  I listened to 183 days of Father Mike Schmitz’s podcast, The Bible in a Year.

Complete & Utilize Two Trainings for My Blog

I partially completed this goal, but it felt haphazard, so I’m working on this goal again in 2022.

Live a Healthier Life


Yes!  I broke down this goal, and while I didn’t accomplish all of the steps as I broke them down, I did improve my health a lot in 2021.  I now exercise at least two hours every week (usually 30 minutes walking on the treadmill four times a week), and I lost 45 pounds this year.  Last year, I lost 16.5 pounds, so over the last two years, I’ve lost 61.5 pounds.

I haven’t decided if I’ll continue with Weight Watchers in 2022.  I was loving both their purple and green programs.  Then, in November they changed programs, and my weight loss stalled.  In December, I abandoned WW and did my own thing and lost 6 pounds.  So, I just don’t know.  I may try it again in January, and if it isn’t effective for me, I’ll stop.

Find and Eliminate Time Wasters

I started out strong with this but didn’t make any progress after June.  I’ll keep working on this in 2022.

In January, I found ways to reduce my time in the kitchen!

In February, I started limiting my social media time to 30 minutes a day.

In March and April, I had my kids taking cooking classes so they could cook a few times a week and give my husband and me a break!

In May, I rearranged my schedule with the kids’ help so that I have about two hours during the day to work rather than doing all my work on the weekend.

Research My Ancestry

This goal is 100% complete.  My subscription is done.  However, for Mother’s Day, the kids and my husband gave me money that I can use for ancestry research.  I plan to get a subscription to so I can learn about those ancestors, but I’m going to wait a few months because the next few months will likely be busy for us.  I plan to work on this again closer to wintertime.

Declutter the House

This goal is 100% complete.  We definitely could declutter more, but for what I wanted to accomplish in 2021, we’re done.  Best of all, there are no piles of clutter on my bedroom floor like there used to be.

Complete Home Improvement Projects

This goal is 100% complete!

I was able to finish up this goal in December when we had our master bathroom shower redone in tile, had our ugly wall-to-wall sink mirror removed and add backsplash to our kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinet Repainting & Backsplash Added

In January we painted our kitchen cabinets white.  Then, in December we added backsplash.


Roof Repair & Exterior House Painting

July was a costly but productive home improvement month.   We had our roof repaired because we had several broken tiles.

Then, we finally got the exterior painted.  I never really cared for the peachy color it was when we bought the house.  The color just seemed like it was from the 90s.  I like the new color scheme much better.

We have a patio off the back of our house, and since we moved in, large pieces of the paint blew off during monsoon storms.  The painters said that whoever did the painting before just painted directly on the ceiling dry wall, which made it not stay on.  This painting company sent out a man who put on three layers of plaster over the drywall before they painted.  It looks so much better!

New Curtain for the Front Door Window

I wanted to buy some curtains for our house, but I waited until Amazon Prime Day.  The first curtain I replaced was the ratty green one by our front door.  I replaced it with a creamy one that makes the entry way much brighter.

Painted Our Living Room & Ceiling

Wasn’t the living room ugly before?


Painted the kids’ bathroom cabinets

Painted PB & J Girl’s Bedroom Ceiling

The only thing we didn’t get accomplished this year was replacing our livingroom carpet.  That’s on hold indefinitely.

Maybe Teach Bookworm to Drive

This isn’t complete, but Bookworm has progressed from driving in the parking lot, to the neighborhood, to the main roads by our house on off-peak times.  He’s growing more confident, and I’m certain he’ll be getting his driver’s license in six months on his 18th birthday.


Did you set goals for 2021?  If so, how did you do?

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